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Langston Hughes Library Designated a Literary Landmark

 

The Langston Hughes Community Library designated a Literary LandmarkThe Queens Library’s Langston Hughes Community Library was designated a Literary Landmark on Saturday, Feb. 23.

A plaque was placed in the library at 100-01 Northern Boulevard during the 28th annual Langston Hughes Celebration.

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Peter Brown: 'I'm at the library as often as possible'

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In this video, Peter Brown, an author and illustrator of children’s books, remembers how he would hang out in libraries after school. 

Growing up, libraries, he says, made him aware of other worlds and the stories they contained.

"At a young age, I realized that I really wanted to tell my own stories," he says, adding that he started writing stories and drawing pictures because books were such a big part of his life.

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Zack Stentz: Libraries,'as important as roads or police or firefighters'

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In this interview, screenwriter and debut author Zack Stentz declares his love of libraries and broadcasts their importance in unequivocal language.

He says, "Libraries fostered my love of reading by having so many things, so many topics that I was interested in available - and not just in a shallow way, like the Internet has, but in an in-depth way. If I was interested in sharks, I could almost become an expert by the time I was done."

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Ashley Miller: 'I loved the actual physical feeling of being in the library'

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In this interview, author Ashley Miller talks about the importance of libraries in his development.

He says he spent most of his childhood in libraries, surrounding himself with books.

"I loved the actual physical feeling of being in the library, of having a bookin my hand, the smell of the book," he said.

Miller is the author, along with Zack Stentz of Colin Fischer, the story of a 14-year-old detective with Asperger's Syndrome.

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Youth Media Award Winner: Steve Sheinkin

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The American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

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Scott Hutchins: 'There would have been no option for books except for the library'

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In this interview, Scott Hutchins, author of A Working Theory of Love talks about the importance of libraries in his research and also shares memories of how librarians helped foster his love of reading.

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Highlights from the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony

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This video contains highlights from the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony. The program is administered by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries.

The 2011 event honored 10 librarians (featured in the video) who were recognized for service to their communities, schools and campuses. More than 1,700 library patrons nominated a librarian. The event also was part of Carnegie Corporation's Centennial Celebration.

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Library earns votes

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Plan for Broadview (Ill.) Public Library

Libraries are the centers of their communities. And even in a political year noted for its partisan rifts, voters in several communities are agreed on the need for libraries.

A recent example of this was the overwhelming passage of referendum to modernize and expand the Broadview (Ill.) Public Library.

Earlier this month, four out of five voters cast their votes in favor.

Library Executive Director Melissa Gardner said “We are overwhelmed by the positive support for the referendum and would like to thank all of the residents for sharing our vision.”

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Highlights from the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award Ceremony

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This video contains highlights from the 2011 Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award ceremony, which featured keynote speaker Caroline Kennedy and Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

The program is administered by the American Library Association's Campaign for America's Libraries. 

The 2012 winners will be announced in two weeks.

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Wendelin Van Draanen:'It opens up this whole world to you that you weren't expecting'

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In this interview, Wendelin Van Draanen, author of the "Sammy Keyes" series, talks about the key role libraries have played in her - and her family's - life.

She also shares the joy she has experienced in seeing children who have enjoyed her books tell her, as grownups, that their children also enjoy them.

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